BY ORDER OF THE                                                                                                                AIR FORCE DIRECTORY 41-317
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE                                                                                                                  1 AUGUST 1996

                                                                                                                                                           Health Services

                                                 COMPENDIUM OF AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION TERMINOLOGY

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This is the initial publication of Air Force Directory (AFDIR) 41-317. This Directory provides a comprehensive listing of
all terms associated with the aeromedical evacuation system. It is to be used as a reference guide when using Air Force
Policy Directive (AFPD) 41-3, Worldwide Aeromedical Evacuation; Air Force Instruction (AFI) 41-301, Worldwide
Aeromedical Evacuation; AFI 41-302, Aeromedical Evacuation Operations and Management; AFI 41-303, Aeromedical
Evacuation Dietetics Support; AFI 41-305, Administering Aeromedical Staging Facilities; Air Force Joint Manual
(AFJMAN) 41-306, Physician’ Roles and Responsibilities in Aeromedical Evacuation; Air Force Handbook (AFH) 41-
307, Aeromedical Evacuation Nursing Considerations and Standards of Care; AFH 41-308, Aeromedical Evacuation
Aircrew Training Standards; AFH 41-309, Aeromedical Evacuation Equipment Standards; AFH 41-310, Flight
Instructor/Flight Examiner Upgrade Training; AFH 41-311, Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Officer Training
Standards; AFH 41-312, Aeromedical Evacuation Contingency Operations Training (AECOT); AFH 41-316, Aeromedical
Evacuation In-Flight Kit--Packaging Guide; and Air Force Joint Handbook (AFJH) 41-313, Aeromedical Evacuation
Documentation. This publication also provides a listing of Abbreviations and Acronyms as they appear in this directory.
Send comments and suggested improvements on AF Form 847, Recommendation for Change of Publication, through
channels, to HQ AMC/SGX, 502 Scott Drive, Room 226, Scott AFB IL 62225-5319.

Section A--Terms ....................................................................................................................................................      2
Section B--Abbreviations and Acronyms..................................................................................................................                   22
Section C--Patient Classifications ............................................................................................................................           29
Section D--Grade Codes - Officer ............................................................................................................................             30
Section E--Grade Codes - Enlisted ...........................................................................................................................             30
Section F--Grade Codes - Other ...............................................................................................................................            31
Section G--Category Codes ......................................................................................................................................          32

                                                                                                      EDGAR R. ANDERSON, Lt General, USAF, MC
                                                                                                      Surgeon General


OPR: HQ AMC/SGX (Capt Richard F. Skidd)                                                                                                      Pages: 33/Distribution: F
Certified by: HQ USAF/SGX (Brig Gen Linda J. Stierle)
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Section A--Terms

Abort--To terminate a mission for any reason other than enemy action. It may occur at any point after the beginning of the
mission and prior to its completion. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Actual Time of Arrival (ATA)--That time at which an aircraft actually sets down onto the runway.
Actual Time of Departure (ATD)--That time at which an aircraft actually lifts off the runway.
Additional Crew Member (ACM)--An individual possessing valid aeronautical orders, is required to perform in-flight
duties, and is assigned in addition to the normal aircrew complement required for a mission.
Administrative Control (ADCOM)--Direction or exercise of authority over subordinate or other organizations in respect to
administration and support, including organization of Service forces, control of resources and equipment, personnel
management, unit logistics, individual and unit training, readiness, mobilization, demobilization, discipline, and other
matters not included in the operational missions of the subordinate or other organizations.. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Aerial Port Squadron (APS)--An Air Force Organization which operates and provides the functions assigned to aerial
ports, including processing personnel and cargo, rigging for airdrop, packing parachutes, loading equipment, preparing air
cargo and load plans, loading and securing aircraft, ejecting cargo for inflight delivery, and supervising units engaged in
aircraft loading and unloading operations. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Aeromedical Evacuation (AE)--The movement of patients under medical supervision to and between medical treatment
facilities by air transportation. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Aeromedical Evacuation Coordinating Officer--An officer of an originating, intransit, or destination medical facility who
coordinates the AE activities of the facility. Usually the director of patient administration.
Aeromedical Evacuation Coordination Center (AECC)--A coordination center, within the Joint Air Operations Center,
which monitors all activities related to aeromedical evacuation (AE) operations execution. It manages the medical aspects
of AE mission and serves as the net control station for AE communications. It coordinates medical requirements with
airlift capability, assigns medical missions to the appropriate AE elements, and monitors patient movement activities.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Aeromedical Evacuation Crew Member (AECM)--Qualified flight nurses, AE technicians, unqualified student trainees
performing AE duties under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor or flight nurse, and flight surgeon crew
augmentees added to increase crew capability.
Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Surgeon (AEFS)--Physicians qualified in aerospace medicine, assigned to augment the
MASF and aeromedical evacuation crew to increase its clinical capability. They provide patient preparation and treatment
in the MASF, inflight medical augmentation to the AECMs and CCATTs, aeromedical support to MASF staff and AECMs,
and professional staff liaison to referring MTFs.
Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Team (AELT)--An AELT consists of two Medical Service Corps (MSC) officers, three
radio operators, and a flight nurse that are deployed to provide a direct communications link between the user service
requesting AE and the AECC.
Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Officer (AEOO)--A Medical Service Corps officer, medical administration specialist
or technician (AFSC 4A0XX) that is assigned to the AE system to perform duties outlined in AFI 41-301, Worldwide
Aeromedical Evacuation, AFI 41-302, Aeromedical Evacuation Operations and Management, and AFH 41-311,
Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Officer (AEOO) Training Standards.
Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Team (AEOT)--This element of the AE system works with the AECC to oversee AE
mission requirements at tactical/strategic hub interface or at senior lodger stations with CONUS locations. The AEOT
coordinates and manages patient, AE crew needs, and medical equipment, patient on/off loads, and related support
Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES)--An operational medical organization concerned primarily with the
management and control of patients being transported via an aeromedical evacuation system or system echelon.
Aeromedical Evacuation Technician (AET)--A medical service apprentice, craftsman, or superintendent (AFSC X4N0XX)
who is qualified as outlined in MCI 10-202, Vol 9, Aircrew Training, to perform AECM duties.
Aeromedical Evacuation Unit (AEU)--An operational medical organization concerned primarily with the management and
control of patients being transported via an aeromedical evacuation system or system echelon. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Aeromedical Readiness Missions (ARM)--Training missions using simulated patients to prepare AECMs for moving
patients during wartime.
Aeromedical Staging Squadrons (ASTS)--A medical facility (normally 50 to 250 beds) located on or near an air base or
airstrip to receive administratively support, process, transport (on the ground), feed, and provide health care for patients
entering, in the midst of, or leaving an aeromedical evacuation system.
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Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE)--Ground support equipment used to perform maintenance on aircraft. May be
powered or non-powered. Also includes tent heaters and power generating equipment.
Aircraft Commander (AC)--The aircrew member designated by competent authority as being in command of an aircraft
and responsible for its safe operation and accomplishment of the assigned mission. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Airhead--A designated area in a hostile or threatened territory which, when seized and held, ensures the continuous air
landing of troops and materiel and provides the maneuver space necessary for projected operations. Normally it is the area
seized in the assault phase of an airborne operation. A designated location in an area of operations used as a base for supply
and evacuation by air. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Air Force Component Commander (AFCC)--In a unified, subunified, or joint task force command, the Air Force
commander who oversees all air operations.
Airlift Coordination Cell (ALCC)--A cell within the air operations center which plans, coordinates, manages, and executes
theater airlift operations in the area of responsibility or joint operations area. Normally consists of an airlift plans branch,
an airlift operations branch, and an airlift logistics branch. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Air Force Operations Resource Management System (AFORMS)--This automated system provides air crew managers at
base level with a single source of information on the readiness and experience level of the air crew force.
Air Mobility Command (AMC)--The Air Force Component Command of the US Transportation Command. (Joint Pub 1-
Air Operations Center (AOC)--The principle air operations installation from which aircraft and air warning functions of
combat air operations are directed, controlled, and executed. It is the senior agency of the Air Force Component
Commander from which command and control of air operations are coordinated with other components and Services.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Air Reserve Components (ARC)--The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
Air Reserve Technician (ART)--A civilian employee of the United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR) and Air National
Guard (ANGUS) who provides permanent party support to a USAFR unit and occupies a USAFR unit manpower document
military position in the unit comparable to his or her civilian position. (AFDD 100)
Air Staging Unit (ASU)--A unit situated at an airfield and concerned with reception, handling, servicing, and preparation
for departure of aircraft and control of personnel and cargo. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Air Technician--Air technicians are full-time employees of the ANG.
Air Terminal Operations Center (ATOC)--Work control unit for the aerial port.
Air Transportable Clinic (ATC)--The ATC provides limited flight-line support and clinic service to an operational
Air Transportable Hospital (ATH)--An Air Transportable Hospital:
     • Cares for patients.
     • Can support personnel for 30 days without re-supply.
Ambulatory Patient--A patient not requiring a litter while in transit. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Area of Responsibility (AOR)--1. The geographical area associated with a combatant command within which a combatant
commander has authority to plan and conduct operations. 2. In naval usage, a predefined area of enemy terrain for which
supporting ships are responsible for covering by fire on known targets or targets of opportunity and by observation. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Armed Services Medical Regulating Office (ASMRO)--A joint activity reporting directly to the Commander in Chief, US
Transportation Command, the Department of Defense single manager for the regulation of movement of Uniformed
Services patients. The Armed Services Medical Regulating Office authorizes transfers to medical treatment facilities of the
Military Departments or the Department of Veterans Affairs and coordinates inter-theater and inside continental United
States patient movement requirements with the appropriate transportation component commands of US Transportation
Command. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Army Corps--A tactical unit larger than a division and smaller than a field army. A corps usually consists of two or more
divisions together with auxiliary arms and services. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Attendant--Any individual, other than a member of the AE medical crew, whom a competent medical authority authorizes
to accompany and care for the patient when such attendance is considered essential to the patient's:
     • Medical support.
     • Mental well-being.
     • Physical well-being
Augmented Crew--A medical crew that adds additional FNs and AETs in order to extend crew duty time, and flight
surgeons and respiratory technicians to increase crew clinical capabilities.
Authenticate--A challenge given by voice or electrical means to attest to the authenticity of a message or transmission.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
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Authentication--1. A security measure designed to protect a communications system against acceptance of a fraudulent
transmission or simulation by establishing the validity of a transmission, message, or originator. 2. A means of identifying
individuals and verifying their eligibility to receive specific categories of information. 3. Evidence by proper signature or
seal that a document is genuine and official. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Authenticator--A symbol or group of symbols, or a series of bits, selected or derived in a prearranged manner and usually
inserted at a predetermined point within a message or transmission for the purpose of attesting to the validity of the message
or transmission. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Automated Patient Evacuation System (APES)--A microprocessor-based, flight management system that:
          • Provides automated information support for HQ AMC/SG and the active duty aeromedical evacuation
          • Supports the ASTSs, detachments, and strategic reserve units flying offshore missions.
Automatic Voice Network (AUTOVON)--A major subsystem of the Defense Switched Network, which replaced the
Automatic Voice Network as the principal long-haul, nonsecure voice communications network within the Defense
Communications System. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Baggage, Accompanied--All baggage carried by or accompanying a passenger traveling on an aircraft. (DoD 4515.13R)
Bare Base (BB)--A base having minimum essential facilities to house, sustain, and support operations to include, if
required, a stabilized runway, taxiways, and aircraft parking areas. A bare base must have a source of water that can be
made potable. Other requirements to operate under bare base conditions form a necessary part of the force package
deployed to the bare base. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Call Sign--Any combination of characters or pronounceable words, which identifies a communication facility, a command,
an authority, an activity, or a unit; used primarily for establishing and maintaining communications. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Camouflage--The use of natural or artificial materiel on personnel, objects, or tactical positions with the aim of confusing,
misleading, or evading the enemy. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Carry-on Baggage--Accompanied baggage carried aboard the aircraft by a passenger. That includes cosmetic cases,
briefcases, shaving kits, or other packages to which a passenger may desire access during flight. (DoD 4515.13R)
Casualty--Any person who is lost to the organization by having been declared dead, duty status - whereabouts unknown,
missing, ill, or injured. Joint Pub 1-02, for purposes of this document, the Air Force considers casualties to be persons
wounded, injured, or diseased.
Casualty Category--A term used to specifically classify a casualty for reporting purposes based upon the casualty type and
the casualty status. Casualty categories include killed in action, died of wounds received in action, and wounded in action.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Casualty Status--A term used to classify a casualty for reporting purposes. There are seven casualty statuses:
         • Deceased.
         • Duty status - whereabouts unknown.
         • Missing.
         • Very seriously ill or injured.
         • Seriously ill or injured.
         • Incapacitating illness or injury.
         • Not seriously injured. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Categories of International Airlift:
         • Category A--Transportation of passengers or cargo in less than full planeloads on a carrier's regularly
              scheduled commercial flight. The AMC pays the carrier through the use of AMC Form 9, Certificate of Airlift
              Services Performed and Accepted. Users reimburse the AMC via an AMC transportation authorization.
         • Category B--Transportation of passengers or cargo in full planeloads on other than a carrier's regularly
              scheduled commercial flights. The AMC pays the carrier via contract. Users reimburse the AMC, based on
              the travel orders.
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    •   Category Y (Blocked Space)--Round-trip transportation of passengers in blocks of 20 or more on a carrier's
        regularly scheduled commercial service, at round-trip Category B passenger rates. Users reimburse the AMC
        at the common user rate in AFR 76-11, US Government Rate Tariffs.
    •   Category Z--Individually ticketed passenger service the military agencies get by Government transportation
        request (GTR) for their own use on scheduled commercial service. The user pays directly in accordance with
        the carrier's filed tariff.
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Certification--Process in which a qualified AECM gains aircraft and ground operations experience on an aircraft other then
primary mission design series as defined by major command training standards. (MCI 10-202, Volume 9)
Chalk Commander--The commander of all troops embarked under one chalk number. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Chalk Number--The number given to a complete load and to the transporting carrier. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Chalk Troops--A load of troops defined by a particular chalk number. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Change of Operational Control (CHOP)--The date and time (Coordinated Universal Time) at which a force or unit is
reassigned or attached from one commander to another where the gaining commander will exercise operational control over
that force or unit. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Channel Airlift--Common-user airlift service provided on a scheduled basis between two points. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Charge Medical Technician (CMT)--A qualified AET who supervises other AETs in air crew positions on an AE mission.
Check it Out--USAF program that promotes healthful eating habits. See AFPD 40-1, Health Promotion, and AFI 40-104,
Nutrition Education.
Checked Baggage--Accompanied baggage accepted and checked for a flight when a passenger is processed. It normally is
stored in the aircraft in such a way that it is not available to the passenger during the flight. (DoD 4515.13R)
Chemical Agent--A chemical substance which is intended for use in military operations to kill, seriously injure, or
incapacitate personnel through its physiological effects. The term excludes riot control agents, herbicides and substances
generating smoke and flame. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Chemical Warfare (CW)--All aspects of military operations involving the employment of lethal and incapacitating
munitions/agents and the warning and protective measures associated with such offensive operations. Since riot control
agents and herbicides are not considered to be chemical warfare agents, those two items will be referred to separately or
under broader term “chemical,” which will be used to include all types of chemical munitions/agents collectively. The term
“chemical warfare weapons” may be used when it is desired to reflect both lethal and incapacitating munitions/agents of
either chemical or biological origin. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF)--A program in which the Department of Defense uses aircraft owned by a US entity or
citizen. The aircraft are allocated by Department of Transportation to augment the military airlift capability of the
Department of Defense (DoD). These aircraft are allocated, in accordance with DoD requirements, to segments, according
to their capabilities, such as Long-Range International (cargo and passenger), Short-Range International, Domestic,
Alaskan, Aeromedical, and other segments as may be mutually agreed upon by the Department of Defense and the
Department of Transportation. The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) can be incrementally activated be the Department of
Defense in three stages in response to defense-oriented situations, up to and including a declared national emergency or
war, to satisfy DoD airlift requirements. When activated, CRAF aircraft are under the mission control of the Department of
Defense while remaining a civil resource under the operational control of the responsible US entity or citizen. (Joint Pub 1-
Civil Reserve Air Fleet Stage I--This stage involves DoD use of civil air resources that air carriers will furnish to the
Department of Defense to support substantially expanded peacetime military airlift requirements. The Commander, Air
Mobility Command, may authorize activation of this stage and assume mission control of those airlift assets committed to
CRAF Stage I. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Civil Reserve Air Fleet Stage II--This stage involves DoD use of civil air resources that the air carriers will furnish to
Department of Defense in a time of defense airlift emergency. The Secretary of Defense, or designee, may authorize
activation of this stage permitting the Commander, Air Mobility Command, to assume mission control of those airlift assets
committed to CRAF Stage II. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Civil Reserve Air Fleet Stage III--This stage involves DoD use of civil air resources owned by a US entity or citizen that
the air carriers will furnish to the Department of Defense in a time of declared national defense-oriented emergency or war,
or when otherwise necessary for the national defense. The aircraft in this stage are allocated by the Secretary of
Transportation to the Secretary of Defense. USTRANSCOM with the approval of the Secretary of Defense may activate
this stage permitting the Commander, Air Mobility Command, to assume mission control of those airlift assets committed
to CRAF Stage III. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Classified Information--Official information which has been determined to require, in the interests of national security,
protection against unauthorized disclosure and which has been so designated. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Clinic--A medical treatment facility primarily intended and appropriately staffed and equipped to provide outpatient
medical service for non-hospital type patients. Examination and treatment for emergency cases are types of services
rendered. A clinic is also intended to perform certain nontherapeutic activities related to the health of the personnel served,
such as physical examinations, immunizations, medical administration, and other preventive medical and sanitary measures
necessary to support a primary military mission. A clinic will be equipped with the necessary supporting services to
perform the assigned mission. A clinic may be equipped with beds (normally fewer than 25) for observation of patients
awaiting transfer to a hospital and for care of cases which cannot be cared for on an outpatient status, but which do not
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require hospitalization. Patients whose expected duration of illness exceeds 72 hours will not normally occupy clinic beds
for periods longer than necessary to arrange transfer to a hospital. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Combat Area--A restricted area (air, land, or sea) which is established to prevent or minimize mutual interference between
friendly forces engaged in combat operations. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Combat Survival--Those measures to be taken by Service personnel when involuntarily separated from friendly forces in
combat, including procedures relating to individual survival, evasion, escape, and conduct after capture. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Combat Zone--1. That area required by combat forces for the conduct of operations. 2. The territory forward of the Army
rear area boundary. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Combatant Command (command authority) (COCOM)--Nontransferable command authority established by title 10,
Armed Forces, United States Code, section 164, exercised only by commanders of unified or specified combatant commands
unless otherwise directed by the President or the Secretary of Defense. Combatant command (command authority) cannot
be delegated and is the authority of a combatant commander to perform those functions of command over assigned forces
involving organizing and employing commands and forces, assigning tasks, designating objectives, and giving authoritative
direction over all aspects of military operations, joint training, and logistics necessary to accomplish the missions assigned
to the command. Combatant command (command authority) should be exercised through the commanders of subordinate
organizations. Normally this authority is exercised through subordinate joint force commanders and Service and/or
functional component commanders. Combatant command (command authority) provides full authority to organize and
employ commands and forces as the combatant commander considers necessary to accomplish assigned missions.
Operational control is inherent in combatant command (command authority). (Joint Pub 1-02)
Command--The authority that a commander in the Military Service lawfully exercises over subordinates by virtue of rank or
assignment. Command includes the authority and responsibility for effectively using available resources and for planning
the employment of, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling military forces for the accomplishment of assigned
missions. It also includes responsibility for health, welfare, morale, and discipline of assigned personnel. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Command and Control (C2)--The exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned
and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission. Command and control functions are performed through an
arrangement of personnel, equipment, communications, facilities, and procedures employed by a commander in planning,
directing, coordinating, and controlling forces and operations in the accomplishment of the mission. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems (C4 Systems)--Integrated systems of doctrine, procedures,
organizational structures, personnel, equipment, facilities, and communications designed to support a commander’              s
exercise of command and control, across the range of military operations. (Joint Pub 1-02)
                                s            s
Command Post (CP)--A unit’ or subunit’ headquarters where the commander and the staff perform their activities. In
                 s             s
combat, a unit’ or subunit’ headquarters is often divided into echelons; the echelon in which the unit or submit
commander is located or from which such commander operates is called a command post. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Commander in Chief (CINCH)--The acronym “CINCH” refers to the commander of a combatant command; Commander-
in-Chief from Joint Pub 0-2. (Joint Pub 0-2)
Commander of Air Force Forces (COMAFFOR)--Senior Air Force commander assigned to the Joint Force.
Common User Airlift Service--The airlift service provided on a common basis for all DoD agencies and, as authorized, for
other agencies of the US Government. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Communications--A method or means of conveying information of any kind from one person or place to another. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Communications Net--An organization of stations capable of direct communications on a common channel or frequency.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Communications Network--An organization of stations capable of intercommunications, but not necessarily on the same
channel. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Communications Security (COMSEC)--The protection resulting from all measures designed to deny unauthorized persons
information of value which might be derived from the possession and study of telecommunications, or to mislead
unauthorized persons in their interpretation of the results of such possession and study. Communications security includes:
          • Cryptosecurity--The component of communications security that results from the provision of technically
              sound cryptosystems and their proper use.
          • Transmission Security--The component of communications security that results from all measures designed
              to protect transmissions from interception and exploitation by means other than cryptanalysis.
          • Emission Security--The component of communications security that results from all measures taken to deny
              unauthorized persons information of value that might be derived from intercept and analysis of compromising
              emanations from crypto-equipment and telecommunications systems.
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        •     Physical Security--The component of communications security that results from all physical measures
              necessary to safeguard classified equipment, materiel, and documents from access thereto or observation
              thereof by unauthorized persons. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Communications Zone (COMMZ)--Rear part of theater of operations (behind but contiguous to the combat zone) which
contains the lines of communications, establishments for supply and evacuation, and other agencies required for the
immediate support and maintenance of the field forces. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Competent Medical Authority--A military, civilian, or contract physician of the Department of Defense, the US Coast
Guard (USCG), the US Public Health Service (USPHS), or Department of Veterans Affairs. This individual has the
responsibility to provide or arrange the necessary medical care of a patient and attest to the medical need to move a patient
through AE. (DoD 4515.13R)
Concept of Operations (CONOPS)--A verbal or graphic statement, in broad outline, of a commander’ assumptions or
intent in regard to an operation or series of operations. The concept of operations frequently is embodied in campaign plans
and operation plans; in the latter case, particularly when the plans cover a series of connected operations to be carried out
simultaneously or in succession. The concept is designed to give an overall picture of the operation. It is included
primarily for additional clarity of purpose. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Continental United States (CONUS)--United States territory, including the adjacent territorial waters, located within North
America between Canada and Mexico. (joint Pub 1-02)
Contamination--1. The deposit, absorption, or adsorption of radioactive materiel, or of biological or chemical agents on or
by structures, areas, personnel, or objects. 2. Food and/or water made unfit for consumption by humans or animals because
of the presence of environmental chemicals, radioactive elements, bacteria or organisms. the byproduct of the growth of
bacteria or organisms, the decomposing materiel (to include the food substance itself), or waste in the food or water. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Contingency--An emergency involving military forces caused by natural disasters, terrorists, subversives, or by required
military operations. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, contingencies require plans, rapid response, and special
procedures to ensure the safety and readiness of personnel, installations, and equipment. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Contingency Plan--A plan for major contingencies that can reasonably be anticipated in the principal geographic subareas
of the command. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Convoy--1. A number of merchant ships or naval auxiliaries, or both, usually escorted by warships and/or aircraft, or a
single merchant ship or naval auxiliary under surface escort, assembled and organized for the purpose of passage together.
2. A group of vehicles organized for the purpose of control and orderly movement with or without escort protection. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Coordinated Universal Time--An atomic time scale that is the basis for broadcast time signals. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Cooked Therapeutic Inflight Meals (CTIM)--A refrigerated or frozen meal that designated medical treatment facilities
prepare according to therapeutic diets as the referring physician requests (see AFI 41-303).
Corps Area--The area within a combat zone were a designated corps conducts operations.
Crew Duty Time--The total time an air or missile crew is on duty before resting. Time begins when an air or missile crew
reports to a designated place of duty to begin preparation for a mission, and ends when postflight or alert crew duties are
completed (for example, refueling, parking, and securing of aircraft, debriefing, equipment turn-in, or other required
postflight or alert activities). (AFDD 100)
Critical Care Augmentation Transport Team (CCATT)--Physicians, nurses and respiratory therapy technicians trained to
provide critical care support to AE operations. They provide team approach critical care medical support for high
dependency patients during AE staging and flight.


Date-Time-Group (DTG)--The date and time, expressed in digits and zone suffix, the message was prepared for
transmission. (Expressed as six digits followed by the zone suffix, first pair of digits denotes the date, second pair the
hours, third pair the minutes). (Joint Pub 1-02)
Deceased--A casualty status applicable to a person who is either known to have died, determined to have died on the basis
of conclusive evidence, or declared to be dead on the basis of a presumptive finding of death. The recovery of remains is
not a prerequisite to determining or declaring a person deceased. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Decontamination--The process of making any person, object, or area safe by absorbing, destroying, neutralizing, making
harmless, or removing, chemical or biological agents, or by removing radioactive materiel clinging to or around it. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
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Decontamination Station--A building or location suitably equipped and organized where personnel and materiel are
cleansed of chemical, biological or radiological contaminants. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Defense Medical Regulating Information System (DMRIS)--A system that regulates patients by providing patient
information (both CONUS and OCONUS) to the AECC for aeromedical evacuation scheduling. The DMRIS currently
collects data that personnel used during aeromedical evacuation. Because the process of patient regulating and patient
movement are so interrelated, the APES shares it with the DMRIS.
Defense Readiness Conditions--A uniform system of progressive alert postures for use between the Chairman of the Joint
Chief of Staff and the commanders of unified and specified commands and for use by the Services. Defense readiness
conditions are graduated to match situations of varying military severity (status of alert). Defense readiness conditions are
identified by the short title DEFCON (5), (4), (3), (2), and (1), as appropriate. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Defense Switched Network (DSN)--Component of the Defense Communications System that handles Department of
Defense voice, data, and video communications. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Deployment--The relocation of forces and materiel to desired areas of operations. Deployment encompasses all activities
from origin or home station through destination, specifically including intra-continental United States, intertheater, and
intratheater movement legs, staging, and holding areas. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Destination Medical Facility--The medical facility to which AE personnel transfer the patient.
Detachment--1. A part of a unit separated from its main organization for duty elsewhere. 2. A temporary military or
naval unit formed from other units or parts of units. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Died of Wounds Received in Action (DWRIA)--A casualty category applicable to a hostile casualty, other than the victim
of a terrorist activity, who dies of wounds or other injuries received in action after having reached a medical treatment
facility. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Director of Mobility Forces (DIRMOBFOR)--Normally a senior officer who is familiar with the area of responsibility or
joint operations area and possesses an extensive background in airlift operations. When established, the director of mobility
forces serves as the designated agent of the Air Force component commander or joint force component commander, if
designated, for all airlift issues in the area of responsibility or joint operations area, and for other duties as directed. The
director of mobility forces exercises coordinating authority between the airlift coordination cell, the air mobility element, the
Tanker Airlift Control Center, the joint movement center, and the air operations center in order to expedite the resolution of
airlift problems. The director of mobility forces may be sourced from the theater’ organizations, United States
Transportation Command, or United States Atlantic Command. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Diversion--A rerouting of cargo or passengers to a new transshipment point or destination or on a different mode of
transportation prior to arrival at ultimate destination. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Domestic Aeromedical Evacuation--That phase of aeromedical evacuation that provides airlift for patients between points
within the continental United States (CONUS), and to and from offshore installations in Iceland, Puerto Rico, Cuba,
Alaska, Bermuda and Panama.
Drop Zone (DZ)--A specific area upon which airborne troops, equipment, or supplies are airdropped. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Employment--The strategic, operational, or tactical use of forces. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Encrypt--To convert plain text into unintelligible forms by means of a cryptosystem. (Joint Pub 1-02)
En route Base--A station between the point of origin and destination of a mission which has the capability of supporting
aircraft operating over the route. (AFDD 100)
Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)--Estimated time of arrival of an aircraft over a given point or station.
Estimated Time of Departure (ETD)--Estimated time in which an aircraft will be airborne (depart).
ETIC--Estimated time that the aircraft is in commission.
Evacuation--1. The process of moving any person who is wounded, injured, or ill to and/or between medical treatment
facilities. 2. The clearance of personnel, animals, or materiel from a given locality. 3. The controlled process of
collecting, classifying, and shipping unserviceable or abandoned materiel, United States and foreign, to appropriate
reclamation, maintenance, technical intelligence, or disposal facilities. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Evacuation Policy--1. Command decision indicating the length in days of the maximum period of noneffectiveness that
patients may be held within the command for treatment. Patients who, in the opinion of responsible medical officers,
cannot be returned to duty status within the period prescribed are evacuated by the first available means, provided the travel
involved will not aggravate their disabilities. 2. A command decision concerning the movement of civilians from the
proximity of military operations for security and safety reasons and involving the need to arrange for movement, reception,
care, and control of such individuals. 3. Command policy concerning the evacuation of unserviceable or abandoned
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materiel and including designation of channels and destinations for evacuated materiel, the establishment of controls and
procedures, and the dissemination of condition standards and disposition instructions. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Evasion and Escape (E&E)--The procedures and operations whereby military personnel and other selected individuals are
enabled to emerge from an enemy-held or hostile area to areas under friendly control. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Evasion and Escape Route--A course of travel, preplanned or not, that an escapee or evader uses in an attempt to depart
enemy territory in order to return to friendly lines. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Exercise--A military maneuver or simulated wartime operation involving planning, preparation, and execution. It is
carried out for the purpose of training and evaluation. It may be a combined, joint, or single-Service exercise, depending on
participating organizations. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Explosive Ordnance--All munitions containing explosives, nuclear fission or fusion materiel’ and biological and chemical
agents. This includes bombs and warheads; guided and ballistic missiles; artillery, mortar, rocket, and small arms
ammunition; all mines, torpedoes, and depth charges; demolition charges; pyrotechnics; clusters and dispensers; cartridge
and propellant actuated devices; electro-explosive devices; clandestine and improvised explosive devices; and all similar or
related items or components explosive in nature. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)--The detection, identification, on-site evaluation, rendering safe, recovery, and final
disposal of unexploded explosive ordnance. It may also include explosive ordnance which has become hazardous by
damage or deterioration. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Field Exercise (FTX)--An exercise conducted in the field under simulated war conditions in which troops and armament of
one side are actually present, while those of the other side may be imaginary or in outline. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Fixed Medical Treatment Facility--A medical treatment facility which is designated to operate for an extended period of
time at a specific site. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Flight Clinical Coordinator (FCC)--A qualified flight nurse that is assigned or attached to an Aeromedical Evacuation
Coordination Center to:
          • Integrate clinical and other patient requirements into the AE airlift system.
          • Advise the AEOO about inflight patient care.
          • Consult with the attending and validating physicians on all patient requirements.
          • Help aircrews in professional and administrative matters while performing inflight duties.
Flight Examiner (FE)--A crew member designated to administer evaluations. (MCI 10-202, Vol 9)
Flight Nurse (FN)--A Nurse Corps officer who:
          • Has completed a recognized course of study in aerospace nursing.
          • Appears on aeronautical orders as a flight nurse.
Flight Surgeon (FS)--A physician specially trained in aviator medical practice whose primary duty is the medical
examination and medical care of aircrew. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Formatted Message Text--A message text composed of several sets ordered in a specified sequence, each set characterized
by an identifier and containing information of a specified type, coded and arranged in an ordered sequence of character
fields in accordance with the NATO message text formatting rules. It is designed to permit both manual and automated
handling and processing. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Forward Aeromedical Evacuation--That phase of evacuation which provides airlift for patients between points within the
battlefield, from the battlefield to the initial point of treatment, and to subsequent points of treatment within the combat
zone. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Forward Edge of the Battle Area (FEBA)--The foremost limits of a series of areas in which ground combat units are
deployed, excluding the areas in which the covering or screening forces are operating, designated to coordinate fire support,
the positioning of forces, or the maneuver of units. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Forward Line of Own Troops (FLOT)--A line which indicates the most forward positions of friendly forces in any kind of
military operation at a specific time. The forward line of own troops normally identifies the forward location of covering
and screening forces. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Forward Operating Base (FOB)--An airfield used to support tactical operations without establishing full support facilities.
The base may be used for an extended time period. Support by a main operating base will be required to provide backup
support for a forward operating base. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Forward Operating Location (FOL)--A limited, supported base in close proximity to the forward edge of the battle area.
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Fragmentary Order (FRAG)--An abbreviated form of an operation order, usually issued on a day-to-day basis, that
eliminates the need for restating information contained in a basic operation order. It may be issued in sections. (Joint Pub
Free Form Message Text--A message text without prescribed format arrangements. It is intended for fast drafting as well
as manual handling and processing. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Global Patient Movement Requirements Center (GPMRC)--A joint activity reporting directly to the Commander-in-Chief,
US Transportation Command, the Department of Defense single manager for the regulation of movement of uniformed
services patients. The Global Patient Movement Requirements Center authorizes transfers to medical treatment facilities of
the Military Departments or the Department of Veterans Affairs and coordinates intertheater and inside continental United
States patient movement requirements with the appropriate transportation component commands or US Transportation
Command. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Gross Weight (GW)--1. Weight of a vehicle, fully equipped and serviced for operation, including the weight of the fuel,
lubricants, coolant, vehicle tools and spares, crew, personal equipment, and load. 2. Weight of a container or pallet
including freight and binding. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Hand Baggage--Items that AE personnel and patients bring aboard the aircraft, such as briefcases and other hand-carried
Hazardous Cargo--Any materiel that is:
          • Flammable.
          • Corrosive or an oxidizing agent.
          • Explosive or a compressed gas.
          • Poisonous.
          • Irritating.
          • An etiologic (disease-producing) agent.
          • Radioactive or unduly magnetic.
          • Not otherwise Specific (NOS).
Note: See AFI 124-204, Preparing Hazardous Materiels for Military Air Shipment.
Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP)--Incentive pay for non rated personnel who must perform flying duties on a
frequent and regular basis.
Hospital--A medical treatment facility capable of providing inpatient care. It is appropriately staffed and equipped to
provide diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as the necessary supporting services required to perform its assigned
mission and functions. A hospital may, in addition, discharge the functions of a clinic. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Hostile--A contact positively identified as enemy. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Hostile Casualty--A person who is the victim of a terrorist activity or who becomes a casualty “in action.” “In action”
characterizes the casualty as having been the direct result of hostile action, sustained in combat or relating thereto, or
sustained going to or returning from a combat mission provided that the occurrence was directly related to hostile action.
Included are persons killed or wounded mistakenly or accidentally by friendly fire directed at a hostile force or what is
thought to be a hostile force. However, not to be considered as sustained in action and not to be interpreted as hostile
casualties are injuries or death due to the elements, self-inflicted wounds, combat fatigue, and except in unusual cases,
wounds or death inflicted by a friendly force while the individual is in an absent-without-leave, deserter, or dropped-from-
rolls status or is voluntarily absent from a place of duty. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Host Nation--A nation which receives the forces and/or supplies of allied nations and/or NATO organizations to be located
on, to operate in, or to transit through its territory. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Host-Nation Support--Civil and/or military assistance rendered by a nation to foreign forces within its territory during
peacetime, crisis or emergencies, or war based on agreements mutually concluded between nations. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Humanitarian and Civil Assistance--Assistance to the local populace provided by predominantly US forces in conjunction
with military operations and exercises. This assistance is specifically authorized by title 10, United States Code, section
401, and funded under separate authorities. Assistance provided under these provisions is limited to:
          • Medical, dental, and veterinary care provided in rural areas of the country.
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         • Construction of rudimentary surface transportation systems.
         • Well drilling and construction of basic sanitation facilities.
         • Rudimentary construction and repair of public facilities.
Assistance must fulfill unit training requirements that incidentally create humanitarian benefit to the local populace. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Humanitarian Assistance--Programs conducted to relieve or reduce the results of natural or manmade disasters or other
endemic conditions such as human pain, disease, hunger, or privation that might present a serious threat to life or that can
result in great damage to or loss of property. Humanitarian assistance provided by US forces is limited in scope and
duration. The assistance provided is designed to supplement or complement the efforts of the host nation civil authorities or
agencies that may have the primary responsibility for providing humanitarian assistance. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Immediate Message--A category of precedence reserved for messages relating to situations that gravely affect the security of
national/allied forces or populace and that require immediate delivery to the addressee(s). (Joint Pub 1-02)
Individual Equipment (IE)--Referring to method of use, signifies personal clothing and equipment, for the personal use of
the individual. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Injury--A term comprising such conditions as fractures, wounds, sprains, strains, dislocations, concussions, and
compression’ In addition, it includes conditions resulting from extremes of temperature or prolonged exposure. Acute
poisonings, except those due to contaminated food, resulting from exposure to a toxic or poisonous substance are also
classed as injuries. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Instructor Aeromedical Evacuation Technician (IAET) or Instructor Flight Nurse (IFN)--Crew member trained,
qualified, and certified by the squadron commander as an instructor. (MCI 10-202, Vol 9)
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)--An organization responsible for regulating international air traffic.
The rules developed by this body regulate all air traffic between member nations.
Intransit Aeromedical Evacuation Facility--A medical facility, on or in the vicinity of an air base, that provides limited
medical care for intransit patients awaiting air transportation. This type of medical facility is provided to obtain effective
utilization of transport airlift within operating schedules. It includes “remain overnight” facilities, intransit facilities at
aerial ports of embarkation and debarkation, and casualty staging facilities in an overseas combat area. (Joint Pub 1-02)
In-transit Visibility (ITV)--The capability provided to a theater combatant commander to have visibility of units, personnel,
and cargo while in transit through the Defense Transportation System. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Invited Medical Personnel (IMP)--US Armed Forces medical personnel traveling in a duty status with official TDY or
TAD orders who may accompany aeromedical evacuation missions.
Isolated Personnel Report (ISOPREP)--A Department of Defense Form (DD 1833) that contains information designed to
facilitate the identification and authentication of an evader by a recovery force. (Joint Pub 3-50.3)


Joint Airborne/Air Transportability Training (JA/ATT)--Air Force funded, Air Mobility Command managed program to
exercise tactical airlift maneuvers while satisfying user combat training.
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)--The staff acting as military advisors to the President of the United States. Each of the military
services is represented on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Joint Force Air Component Commander(JFACC)--The joint force air component commander derives authority from the
joint force commander who has the authority to exercise operational control, assign missions, direct coordination among
subordinate commanders, redirect and organize forces to ensure unity of effort in the accomplishment of the overall
mission. The joint force commander will normally designate a joint force air component commander. The joint force air
component commander’ responsibilities will be assigned by the joint force commander (normally these would include, but
not be limited to, planning, coordination, allocation, and tasking based on the joint force commander’ apportionment
decision). Using the joint force commander’ guidance and authority, and in coordination with other Service component
commanders and other assigned or supporting commanders, the joint force air component commander will recommend to
the joint force commander apportionment of air sorties to various missions or geographic areas. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Joint Medical Regulating Office (JMRO)--The office that regulates patients within a geographical area by:
          • Assigning specific patients or groups of patients to specific hospitals or specialty treatment centers.
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         •    Advising AECCs and ASTSs, along with hospitals and other agencies concerned, on patient destination, by
              name, group, diagnosis, or other designated identification.
Joint Movement Center (JMC)--The center established to coordinate the employment of all means of transportation
(including that provided by allies or host nations) to support the concept of operations. This coordination is accomplished
through establishment of transportation policies within the assigned area of responsibility, consistent with relative urgency
of need, port and terminal capabilities, transportation asset availability, and priorities set by a joint force commander. (Joint
Pub 1-02)


Killed in Action (KIA)--A casualty category applicable to a hostile casualty, other than the victim of a terrorist activity, who
is killed outright or who dies as a result of wounds or other injuries before reaching a medical treatment facility. (Joint Pub

Litter--A basket or frame utilized for the transport of injured patients. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Litter Patient--A patient requiring litter accommodations while in transit. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Load Message--An operational, message listing pertinent traffic and operational data that a departure station can
immediately transmit electrically. Also, the form that AE personnel use during missions to transmit loads and special
patient requirements to locations where patients will be exiting a plane.
Low Intensity Conflict (LIC)--Political-military confrontation between contending states or groups below conventional war
and above the routine, peaceful competition among states. It frequently involves protracted struggles of competing
principles and ideologies. Low intensity conflict ranges from subversion to the use of armed force. It is waged by a
combination of means employing political, economic, informational, and military instruments. Low intensity conflicts are
often localized, generally in the Third World, but contain regional and global security implications. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Main Operations Base (MOB)--In special operations, a base established by a joint force special operations component
commander or a subordinate special operations component commander in friendly territory to provide sustained command
and control, administration, and logistical support to special operations activities in designated areas. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Manifest--A document specifying in detail the passengers or items carried for a specific destination. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Mass Casualty--Any large number of casualties produced in a relatively short period of time, usually as the result of a
single incident such as a military aircraft accident, hurricane, flood, earthquake, or armed attack that exceeds local
logistical support capabilities. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Medical Attendant (MA)--A medical or ancillary medical person, military or civilian, who is qualified and/or authorized to
participate in AE missions. (DoD 4515.13R)
Medical Crew Director (MCD)--A qualified flight nurse who supervises patient care and manages AECMs in aeromedical
evacuation missions. In matters of in-flight patient care, decisions of the MCD are final unless the crew is augmented by a
Medical Evacuees--Personnel who are wounded, injured, or ill and must be moved to or between medical facilities. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Medical Intelligence--That category of intelligence resulting from collection, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of
foreign medical, bio-scientific, and environmental information which is of interest to strategic planning and to military
medical planning and operations for the conservation of the fighting strength of friendly forces and the formation of
assessments of foreign medical capabilities in both military and civilian sectors. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Medical Logistics--Section responsible for AE:
     • Materiel.
     • Maintenance.
     • Facility management.
     • Vehicle management.
Medical Treatment Facility (MTF)--A facility established for the purpose of furnishing medical and/or dental care to
eligible individuals. (Joint Pub 1-02)
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Message--Any thought or idea expressed briefly in a plain or secret language and prepared in a form suitable for
transmission by any means of communication. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Message (Telecommunications)--Record information expressed in plain or encrypted language and prepared in a format
specified for intended transmission by a telecommunications system. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Military Convoy--A land or maritime convoy that is controlled and reported as a military unit. A Maritime convoy can
consist of any combination of merchant ships, auxiliaries, or other military units. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW)--Operations that encompass the use of military capabilities across the
range of military operations short of war. These military actions can be applied to complement any combination of the
other instruments of national power and occur before, during, and after war. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Minimize--A condition wherein normal message and telephone traffic is drastically reduced in order that messages
connected with an actual or simulated emergency shall not be delayed. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Missing--A casualty status for which the United States Code provides statutory guidance concerning missing members of
the Military Services. Excluded are personnel who are in an absent without leave, deserter, or dropped-from-rolls status. A
person declared missing is categorized as follows:
          • Beleaguered--The casualty is a member of an organized element that has been surrounded by a hostile force to
                prevent escape of its members.
          • Besieged--The casualty is a member of an organized element that has been surrounded by a hostile force for
                compelling it to surrender.
          • Captured--The casualty has been seized as the result of action of an unfriendly military or paramilitary force
                in a foreign country.
          • Detained--The casualty is prevented from proceeding or is restrained in custody for alleged violation of
                international law or other reason claimed by the government or group under which the person is being held.
          • Interned--The casualty is definitely known to have been taken into custody of a nonbelligerent foreign power
                as the result of and for reasons arising out of any armed conflict in which the Armed Forces of the United
                States are engaged.
          • Missing--The casualty is not present at his or her duty location due to apparent involuntary reasons and whose
                location is known.
          • Missing in Action--The casualty is a hostile casualty, other than the victim of a terrorist activity, who is not
                present at his or her duty location due to apparent involuntary reasons and whose location is unknown.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Mission Clinical Coordinator (MCC)--A qualified MCD or CMT (X4N071/90), in addition to the basic crew and
instructors or examiners, who serves on each ARM as the mission clinical coordinator. The MCC:
          • Monitors all aspects of preflight planning.
          • Flies with the crew to observe and oversee in-flight activities.
          • Conducts a post-mission critique with all participants in attendance.
Mission Observer--A general or flag officer (or civilian equivalent), chaplain, or other individual invited to accompany air
crews on airlift missions.
Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility (MASF)--This facility is an air-and-ground, mobile, tented unit for temporary
casually staging. Each unit can process up to 200 patients each day, with an emergency surge capability of up to 300
patients each day for a limited duration. The MASF operates next to the taxiways of an FOB that tactical airlift use to re-
supply combat ground forces.
Mobility--A quality or capability of military forces which permits them to move from place to place while retaining the
ability to fulfill their primary mission. Joint Pub 1-02)
Mobilization--1. The act of assembling and organizing national resources to support national objectives in time of war or
other emergency. The process by which the Armed Forces or part of them are brought to a state of readiness for war or
other national emergencies. 2. The process by which the Armed Forces or part of them are brought to a state of readiness
for war or other national emergency. This includes activating all or part of the Reserve Components as well as assembling
and organizing personnel, supplies, and materiel. Mobilization of the Armed Forces includes but is not limited to the
following categories:
          • Selective Mobilization--Expansion of the active Armed Forces resulting from action by Congress and/or the
                President to mobilize Reserve Component units, individual ready reservists, and the resources needed for their
                support to meet the requirements of a domestic emergency that is not the result of an enemy attack.
          • Partial Mobilization--Expansion of the active Armed Forces resulting from action by Congress (up to full
                mobilization) or by the President (not more than 1,000,000 for not more than 24 consecutive months) to
                mobilize Ready Reserve Component units, individual reservists, and the resources needed for their support to
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         meet the requirements of a war or other national emergency involving an external threat to the national
     •   Full Mobilization--Expansion of the active Armed Forces resulting from action by Congress and the President
         to mobilize all Reserve Component units in the existing approved force structure, all individual reservists,
         retired military personnel, and the resources needed for their support to meet the requirements of a war or
         other national emergency involving an external threat to the national security. Reserve personnel can be
         placed on active duty for the duration of the emergency plus six months.
     •   Total Mobilization--Expansion of the active Armed Forces resulting from action by Congress and the
         President to organize and/or generate additional units or personnel, beyond the existing force structure, and
         the resources needed for their support, to meet the total requirements of a war or other national emergency
         involving an external threat to the national security. (Joint Pub 1-02)
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Movement Priorities:
   • Routine--A patient who requires AE on a regularly scheduled AE mission, scheduled military airlift channel
      mission, or commercially procured airlift service.
   • Priority--A patient who requires AE sooner than the next scheduled channel AE mission or sooner than can be
      accommodated using scheduled military airlift channel mission, or commercially procured airlift service.
   • Urgent--AE required as soon as possible to save life, limb, or eyesight. Immediate action shall be taken to obtain
      AE or other suitable transportation to meet patient requirements. Terminally ill or psychiatric patients are not
      considered urgent patients.(DoD 4515.13R)


National Command Authorities (NCA)--The President and the Secretary of Defense or their duly deputized alternates or
successors. (Joint Pub 1-02)
National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)--A program in which authorities set aside civilian hospital beds in specific
geographical locations to:
           • Provide care for casualties from a natural disaster.
           • Handle an overflow of patients due to armed conflict.
National Emergency--A condition declared by the President or the Congress by virtue of powers previously vested in them
that authorize certain emergency actions to be undertaken in the national interest. Action to be taken may include partial,
full, or total mobilization of national resources. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Nation Assistance--Civil and/or military assistance rendered to a nation by foreign forces within that nation’ territorys
during peacetime, crises or emergencies, or war based on agreements mutually concluded between nations. Nation
assistance programs include, but are not limited to, security assistance, foreign internal defense, other US Code Title 10
(DoD) programs, and activities performed on a reimbursable basis by Federal agencies or international organizations.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Need to Know--A criterion used in security procedures which requires the custodians of classified information to establish,
prior to disclosure, that the intended recipient must have access to the information to perform his or her official duties.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Net (Communications)--An organization of stations capable of direct communications on a common channel or frequency.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Net Control Station (NCS)--A communications station designated to control traffic and enforce circuit discipline within a
given net. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO)--Operations conducted to relocate threatened noncombatants from locations
in a foreign country. These operations normally involve United States citizens whose lives are in danger, and may also
include selected foreign national. (Joint Pub 1-02).
Normal Operations--Generally and collectively, the broad functions which a combatant commander undertakes when
assigned responsibility for a given geographic or functional area. Except as otherwise qualified in certain unified command
plan paragraphs which relate to particular commands, “normal Operations” of a combatant commander include:
           • planning for and execution of operations throughout the range of military operations.
           • planning and conduct of cold war activities.
           • planning for and administration of military assistance.
           • maintaining the relationships and exercising the directive or coordinating authority prescribed in Joint Pub 0-
               2, Admin. Pub 1.1, and Joint Pub 4-01.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Not Seriously Injured--The casualty status of a person whose injury may or may not require hospitalization; medical
authority does not classify as very seriously injured, seriously injured, or incapacitating illness or injury; and the person can
communicate with the next of kin. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Nurse of the Day (NOD)--A nurse who may plan for and provide clinical information to an originating crew.


Official Information--Information which is owned by, produced for or by, or is subject to the control of the United States
Government. (Joint Pub 1-02)
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Operation--A military action or the carrying out of a strategic, tactical, service, training, or administrative military mission;
the process of carrying on combat, including movement, supply, attack, defense and maneuvers needed to gain the
objectives of any battle or campaign. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Operational Control (OPCON)--Transferable command authority that may be exercised by commanders at any echelon at
or below the level of combatant command. Operational control is inherent in combatant command (command authority).
Operational control may be delegated and is the authority to perform those functions of command over subordinate forces
involving organizing and employing commands and forces, assigning tasks, designating objectives, and giving authoritative
direction necessary to accomplish the mission. Operational control includes authoritative direction over all aspects of
military operations and joint training necessary to accomplish missions assigned to the command. Operational control
should be exercised through the commanders of subordinate organizations. Normally this authority is exercised through
subordinate joint force commanders and Service and/or functional component commanders. Operational control normally
provides full authority to organize commands and forces and to employ those forces as the commander in operational
control considers necessary to accomplish assigned missions. Operational control does not, in and of itself, include
authoritative direction for logistics or matters of administration, discipline, internal organization, or unit training. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Operation Plan (OPLAN) -- Any plan, except for the Single Integrated Operation Plan, for the conduct of military
operations. Plans are prepared by combatant commanders in response to requirements established by the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff and by commanders of subordinate commands in response to requirements tasked by the establishing
unified commander. Operations plans are prepared in either a complete format (OPLAN) or as a concept plan
(CONPLAN). The CONPLAN can be published with or without a time-phased force and deployment data (TPFDD) file.
         • OPLAN--An operation plan for the conduct of joint operations that can be used as a basis for development of
              an operation order (OPORD). An OPLAN identifies the forces and supplies required to execute the CINC’             s
              Strategic Concept and a movement schedule of these resources to the theater of operations. The forces and
              supplies are TPFDD files. OPLANs will include all phases of the tasked operation. The plan is prepared with
              the appropriate annexes, appendixes, and TPFDD files as described in the Joint Operation Planning and
              Execution System manuals containing planning policies, procedures, and formats.
         • CONPLAN--An operation plan in an abbreviated format that would require considerable expansion or
              alteration to convert it into an OPLAN or OPORD. A CONPLAN contains the CINC’ Strategic Concept and
              those annexes and appendixes deemed necessary by the combatant commander to complete planning.
              Generally, detailed support requirements are not calculated and TPFDD files are not prepared.
         • CONPLAN With TPFDD--A CONPLAN with TPFDD is the same as a CONPLAN except that it requires
              more detailed planning for phased deployment of forces. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Opportune Lift--That portion of lift capability available for use after planned requirements have been met. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Order--A communication, written, oral, or by signal, which conveys instructions from a superior to a subordinate. In a
broad sense, the terms “order” and “command” are synonymous. However, an order implies discretion as to the details of
execution whereas a command does not. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Ordnance--Explosives, chemicals, pyrotechnics, and similar stores, e.g. bombs, guns, and ammunition, flares, smoke,
napalm. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Originating Medical Facility--A medical facility that initially transfers a patient to another medical facility. (Joint Pub 1-


Password--A secret word or distinctive sound used to reply to a challenge. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Patient--A sick, injured, wounded, or other person requiring medical/dental care or treatment. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Pay Patient--See "Revenue-Reimbursable Patient."
Personnel Increment Number (PIN)--A seven-character, alphanumeric field that uniquely describes a non-unit-related
personnel entry (line) in a Joint Operation Planning and Execution System time-phased force and deployment date. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants (POL)--A broad term which includes all petroleum and associated products used by the
Armed Forces. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Phonetic Alphabet--A list of standard words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. The
following are the authorized words, listed in order, for each letter in the alphabet: ALPHA, BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA,
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Physical Security--That part of security concerned with physical measures designed to safeguard personnel; to prevent
unauthorized access to equipment, installations, materiel, and documents; and to safeguard them against espionage,
sabotage, damage, and theft. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Port of Debarkation (POD)--The geographic point at which cargo or personnel are discharged. May be a seaport or aerial
port of debarkation. For unit requirements, it may or may not coincide with the destination. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Port of Embarkation (POE)--The geographic point in a routing scheme from which cargo or personnel depart. May be a
seaport or aerial port from which personnel and equipment flow to port of debarkation. For unit and nonunit requirements,
it may or may not coincide with the origin. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Precedence (Communications)--A designation assigned to a message by the originator to indicate to communications
personnel the relative order of handling and to the addressee the order in which the message is to be noted. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Presidential Selected Reserve Callup Authority--Provision of a public law (US Code title 10 [DoD], section 12304) that
provides the President a means to activate, without a declaration of national emergency, not more than 200,000 members of
the Selected Reserve for not more than 270 days to meet the support requirements of any operational mission. Members
called under this provision may not be used for disaster relief or to suppress insurrection. This authority has particular
utility when used in circumstances in which the escalatory national or international signals of partial or full mobilization
would be undesirable. Forces available under this authority can offer a tailored, limited-scope, deterrent, or operational
response, or may be used as precursor to any subsequent mobilization. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Preventive Maintenance (PM)--The care and servicing by personnel for the purpose of maintaining equipment and
facilities in satisfactory operating condition by providing for systematic inspection, detection, and correction of incipient
failures either before they occur or before they develop into major defects. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Priority Message--A category of precedence reserved for messages that require expeditious action by the addressee(s) and/or
furnish essential information for the conduct of operations in progress when routine precedence will not suffice. (Joint Pub
Proword--A word or phrase limited to radio telephone procedure used to facilitate communication by conveying information
in a condensed standard form. (Joint Pub 1-02)



Readiness Planning--Operational planning required for peacetime operations. Its objective is the maintenance of high
states of readiness and the deterrence of potential enemies. It includes planning activities that influence day-to-day
operations and the peacetime posture of forces. As such, its focus is on general capabilities and readiness rather that the
specifics of a particular crisis, either actual or potential. The assignment of geographic responsibilities to combatant
commanders, establishment of readiness standards and levels, development of peacetime deployment patterns, coordination
of reconnaissance and surveillance assets and capabilities, and planning of joint exercises are examples of readiness
planning. No formal joint planning system exists for readiness planning such as exists for contingency and execution
planning. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Rear Area--For any particular command, the area extending forward from its rear boundary to the rear of the area of
responsibility of the next lower level of command. This area is provided primarily for the performance of combat service
support functions. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Redeployment--The transfer of a unit, an individual, or supplies deployed in one area to another area, or to another location
within the area, or to the zone of interior for the purpose of further employment. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Remain Overnight (RON)--A stop during an AE flight at which patients remain overnight in a facility awaiting further
transportation to a destination hospital.
Revenue Reimbursable Patient--Any patient, not entitled to transportation or medical care at Government expense, such as
State Department, or certain DoD civilian employees, for whom the USAF and AMC receives reimbursement for
aeromedical evacuation services (DoD 4515.13R)
Routine Message--A category of precedence to be used for all types of messages that justify transmission by rapid means
unless of sufficient urgency to require a higher precedence. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Rules of Engagement--Directives issued by competent military authority which delineate the circumstances and limitations
under which United States forces will initiate and/or continue combat engagement with other forces encountered. (Joint
Pub 1-02)
Rush Baggage--Baggage that becomes separated from a passenger during AE travel.
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Safe Area--A designated area in hostile territory that offers the evader or escapee a reasonable chance of avoiding capture
and of surviving until he/she can be evacuated. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Search and Rescue (SAR)--The use of aircraft, surface craft, submarines, specialized rescue teams and equipment to search
for and rescue personnel in distress on land or at sea. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Secretarial Designee--A person not normally a DoD healthcare beneficiary, who is designated a Military Department
healthcare beneficiary by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of the Military Department concerned. AE shall not be
provided unless specifically authorized by the Secretary and the designation document states that the sponsoring Secretary
shall reimburse the AMC for AE costs. (DoD 4515.13R)
Security--1. Measures taken by a military unit, an activity or installation to protect itself against all acts designed to, or
which may, impair its effectiveness. 2. A condition that results from the establishment and maintenance of protective
measures that ensure a state of inviolability from hostile acts or influences. 3. With respect to classified matter, it is the
condition that prevents unauthorized persons from having access to official information that is safeguarded in the interests
of national security. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Security Classification--A category to which national security information and materiel is assigned to denote the degree of
damage that unauthorized disclosure would cause to national defense or foreign relations of the United States and to denote
the degree of protection required. There are three such categories:
         • Top Secret--National security information or materiel which requires the highest degree of protection and the
              unauthorized disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the
              national security. Examples of “exceptionally grave damage” include armed hostilities against the United
              States or its allies; disruption of foreign relations vitally affecting the national security; the compromise of
              vital national defense plans or complex cryptologic and communications intelligence systems; the revelation of
              sensitive intelligence operations; and the disclosure of scientific or technological developments vital to
              national security.
         • Secret--National security information or materiel which requires a substantial degree of protection and the
              unauthorized disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national
              security. Examples of “serious damage” include disruption of foreign relations significantly affecting the
              national security; significant impairment of a program or policy directly related to the national security;
              revelation of significant military plans or intelligence operations; and compromise of significant scientific or
              technological developments relating to national security.
         • Confidential--National security information or materiel which requires protection and the unauthorized
              disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Senior Lodger--A CRAF carrier that has contractually committed itself to support civil aircraft and crews for the AMC as
they transit between theaters after the Secretary of Defense has activated Stage III of the CRAF.
Seriously Ill or Injured (SI)--The casualty status of a person whose illness or injury is classified by medical authority to be
of such severity that there is cause for immediate concern, but there is not imminent danger to life. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Seriously Wounded--A stretcher case. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Shortfall--The lack of forces, equipment, personnel, materiel, or capability reflected as the difference between the resources
identified as a plan requirement and those apportioned to a combatant commander for planning, that would adversely affect
the command’ ability to accomplish its mission. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Show of Force--An operation, designed to demonstrate United States resolve, which involves increased visibility of United
States deployed forces in an attempt to defuse a specific situation that, if allowed to continue, may be detrimental to United
States interests or national objectives. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Signal--As applied to electronics, any transmitted electrical impulse. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Situation Report (SITREP)--A report giving the situation in the area of a reporting unit or formation. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Slightly Wounded--A casualty that is a sitting or a walking case. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Space Available Travel--The specific program of travel authorized by Chapter 6 of DoD 4515.13R, allowing authorized
passengers to occupy DoD aircraft seats, at no cost to the traveler, that are surplus after all space-required passengers have
been accommodated. (DoD 4515.13R)
Space Block--A reservation of space that AE personnel requests and the controlling agency confirms to ensure that space is
available for moving patients on a particular mission.
Space Required Patients--Any patient that AE personnel authorize to travel aboard aeromedical aircraft.
Space Required Traffic--”Mission essential traffic,” as identified in DoD 4515.13R. (DoD 4515.13R)
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Special Air Mission (SAM)--Missions operated by aircraft assigned in support of the special airlift requirements of the
President, Vice President, Cabinet, members of Congress, and other high-ranking American and foreign dignitaries. (HQ
AMC Air Mobility Master Plan).
Special Assignment Airlift Mission (SAAM)--Airlift requirements, including Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)-
directed or coordinated exercises, that require special consideration because of the number of passengers involved, weight or
size of cargo, urgency of movement, sensitivity, or other valid factors that preclude the use of channel airlift.
Stabilized Patient--A patient who is stabilized within the limitations of the originating MTFs capability and can withstand
a bed-to-bed evacuation without sustaining complications requiring invasive treatment or intervention beyond the scope of
general supportive care during evacuation. As a minimum, a patent airway must be established, fractures splinted,
hemorrhage controlled, and shock treated prior to movement.
Status-of-Forces Agreement--An agreement which defines the legal position of a visiting military force deployed in the
territory of a friendly state. Agreements delineating the status of visiting military forces may be bilateral or multilateral.
Provisions pertaining to the status of visiting forces may be set forth in a separate agreement, or they may form a part of a
more comprehensive agreement. These provisions describe how the authorities of a visiting force may control members of
that force and the amenability of the force or its members to the local law or to the authority of local officials. To the extent
that agreements delineate matters affecting the relations between a military force and civilian authorities and population,
they may be considered as civil affairs agreements. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Stowed Baggage--All baggage accompanying a patient or attendants aboard an aeromedical evacuation aircraft and stored
in the aircraft baggage compartment.
Strategic Aeromedical Evacuation--The phase of evacuation of patients out of the theater of operations to a main support
area. (AFDD 100)
Strategic Airlift--Airlift that operates between the continental United States and a theater or between theaters. (Joint Pub 4-
Structured Message Text--A message text composed of paragraphs ordered in a specified sequence, each paragraph
characterized by an identifier and containing information in free form. It is designed to facilitate manual handling and
processing. (Joint Pub 1-02)


Table of Allowances (TA)--An equipment allowance document which prescribes basic allowances of organizational
equipment, and provides the control to develop, revise, or change equipment authorization inventory data. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Tactical Aeromedical Evacuation--That phase of evacuation which provides airlift for patients from the combat zone to
points outside the combat zone, and between points within the communications zone. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Tactical Control (TACON)--Command authority over assigned or attacked forces or commands, or military capability or
forces made available for tasking, that is limited to the detailed and, usually, local direction and control movements or
maneuvers necessary to accomplish missions or tasks assigned. Tactical control is inherent in operational control. Tactical
control may be delegated to, and exercised at any level at or below the level of combatant command. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC/XOOMM)--The Air Mobility Command direct reporting unit responsible for tasking
and controlling operational missions for all activities involving forces supporting USTRANSCOM's global air mobility
mission. The TACC is comprised of the following functions: current operations, command and control, logistics
operations, aerial port operations, aeromedical evacuation, flight planning, diplomatic clearances, weather, and intelligence.
(Joint Pub 1-02)
Tanker Airlift Control Element (TALCE)--A mobile command and control organization deployed to support strategic and
theater air mobility operations at fixed, en route, and deployed locations where air mobility operational support is
nonexistent or insufficient. The Tanker Airlift Control Element provides on-site management of air mobility airfield
operations to include command and control, communications, aerial port services, maintenance, security, transportation,
weather, intelligence, and other support functions, as necessary. The Tanker Airlift Control Element is composed of
mission support elements from various units and deploys in support of peacetime, contingency, and emergency relief
operations on both a planned and “no notice” basis. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Terrorism--The calculated use of violence or threat of violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate
governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Terrorist--An individual who uses violence, terror, and intimidation to achieve a result. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Terrorist Threat Conditions--A Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-approved program standardizing the Military
Services’ identification of and recommended responses to terrorist threats against U.S. personnel and facilities. This
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program facilitates inter-Service coordination and support for antiterrorism activities. Also called THREATCONS. There
are four THREATCONS above normal:
          • THREATCON ALPHA--This condition applies when there is a general threat of possible terrorist activity
               against personnel and facilities, the nature and extent of which are unpredictable, and circumstances do not
               justify full implementation of THREATCON BRAVO measures. However, it may be necessary to implement
               certain measures from higher THREATCONS resulting from intelligence received or as a deterrent. The
               measures in this THREATCON must be capable of being maintained indefinitely.
          • THREATCON BRAVO--This condition applies when an increased and more predictable threat of terrorist
               activity exists. The measures in this THREATCON must be capable of being maintained for weeks without
               causing undue hardship, affecting operational capability, and aggravating relations with local authorities.
          • THREATCON CHARLIE--This condition applies when an incident occurs or intelligence is received
               indicating some form of terrorist action against personnel and facilities is imminent. Implementation of
               measures in this THREATCON for more than a short period probably will create hardship and affect the
               peacetime activities of the unit and its personnel.
          • THREATCON DELTA--This condition applies in the immediate area where a terrorist attack has occurred
               or when intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is likely.
               Normally, this THREATCON is declared as a localized condition. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Theater--The geographical area outside the continental United States for which a commander of a combatant command has
been assigned responsibility. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Tactical Aeromedical Evacuation--That phase of evacuation which provides airlift for patients from the combat zone to
points outside the combat zone, and between points within the communications zone. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Theater Aeromedical Evacuation System (TAES)--The deployed elements of tactical aeromedical evacuation units that
provide theater aeromedical evacuation during an exercise or contingency operations. A TAES includes:
          • At least one AE command and control element.
          • An aeromedical evacuation coordination center.
          • One mobile aeromedical staging facility.
          • One liaison team.
          • The required number of aeromedical evacuation crews.
Theater of Operations--A subarea within a theater of war defined by the geographic combatant commander required to
conduct or support specific combat operations. Different theaters of operations within the same theater of war will normally
be geographically separate and focused on different enemy forces. Theaters of operations are usually of significant size,
allowing for operations over extended periods of time. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Theater Patient Movement Requirements Center (TPMRC)--A unified theater office designated to regulate patients within
the theater assigned by monitoring theater casualty reception hospital bed availability and assigning specific patients or
groups of patients to specific MTFs. The TPMRC normally interfaces and controls the regulation of patients from E3 to E4
medical facilities and coordinates regulation of patients to CONUS from E4 facilities. Subject to the specific theater
concept of operations, the TPMRC does not normally regulate patients between other echelons; this regulation is routinely a
Component Service responsibility. The medical regulating and coordinating functions now performed by the JMRO and
AECC, could be integrated into a TPMRC at the discretion of the theater commander with advice from the DIRAEFOR and
theater surgeon to provide “one stop shopping” for regulation and movement. When established, the TPMRC will acquire
theater lift and theater beds and transform them into “lift-beds”. TPMRCs will also be able to select intertheater “lift-beds”
from resources identified by the GPMRC. The TPMRC provides medical regulating services, limited ITV, and aeromedical
evacuation planning within a theater. TPMRCs may generate theater AE operational plans, request and coordinate
intratheater AE airlift, and coordinate AE element and MTF activities to ensure seamless patient movement and ITV. In
the absence of a TPMRC function, the JMRO will regulate patients and the AECC will coordinate airlift for movement.
Each theater will develop their own concept of operations for the TPMRC. The Unified/Joint Forces Commander may
establish regional TPMRCs as required to support contingency/OOTW patient movement operations. The establishment of
a TPMRC in a mature or immature theater does not eliminate the requirement for an AECC. The AECC is still responsible
for overall AE system management and providing a command and control structure for the theater AE forces. Changes in
the business rules of the regulating function and the airlift coordination process are required to achieve an agency that
provides a “one stop” activity for customers to identify patient movement requirements. These changes need to be
developed and published prior to mission execution to allow all elements involved the opportunity to adapt to the new
procedures. The originating MTF will submit a patient movement request (PMR) in accordance with prescribed procedures
using available communications support system. When the TPMRC receives a bed request from an MTF, they reply with a
site designation and an aircraft itinerary. This may be accomplished by sorting patient bed requirements by planned site
destinations and forwarding the total number of patient movement requirements per destination MTF to the transportation
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agent (JMCC, ALCC/AECC) to match bed requirements to airlift availability. Airlift planners would review the request
and respond back to the TPMRC through established command and communications channels with a proposed airlift plan
that supports patient movement requirements. The TPMRC communicates patient evacuation requirements to service
components who will execute the AE mission. The ALCC may still utilize the AECC personnel for mission planning. The
AECC will assign AE missions to specific AE elements.
Time of Receipt (TOR)--The time at which a receiving station completes reception of a message. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Timed-phased Force and Deployment Data Refinement (TPFDD)--For both global and regional operation plan
development, the process consists of several discrete phases time-phased force and deployment date (TPFDD) that may be
conducted sequentially or concurrently, in whole or in part. These phases are Concept, Plan Development, and Review.
The Plan Development Phase consists of several subphases: Forces, Logistics, and Transportation, with shortfall
identification associated with each phase. The Plan Development phases are collectively referred to as TPFDD refinement.
The normal TPFDD refinement process consists of sequentially refining forces, logistics (non-unit-related personnel and
sustainment), and transportation data to develop a TPFDD file that supports a feasible and adequate overlapping of several
refinement phases. The decision is made by the supported commander, unless otherwise directed by the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. For global planning, refinement conferences are conducted by the Joint Staff in conjunction with US
Transportation Command. TPFDD refinements conducted in coordination with supported and supporting commanders,
Services, the Joint Staff, and other supporting agencies. Commander in Chief, US Transportation Command, will normally
host refinement conferences at the request of the Joint Staff or the supported commander. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Times--(C-, D-, M-days end at 2400 hours Universal Time [zulu time] and are assumed to be 24 hours long for planning.)
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff normally coordinates the proposed date with the commanders of the appropriate
unified and specified commands, as well as any recommended changes to C-day. L-hour will be established per plan, crisis,
or theater of operations and will apply to both air and surface movements. Normally, L-hour will be established to allow C-
day to be a 24-hour day.
          • C-day--The unnamed day on which a deployment operation commences or is to commence. The deployment
              may be movement of troops, cargo, weapon systems, or a combination of these elements using any or all types
              of transport. The letter “C” will be the only one used to denote the above. The highest command or
              headquarters responsible for coordinating the planning will specify the exact meaning of C-day within the
              aforementioned definition. The command or headquarters directly responsible for the execution of the
              operation, if other than the one coordinating the planning, will do so in light of the meaning specified by the
              highest command or headquarters coordinating the planning.
          • D-day--The unnamed day on which a particular operation commences or is to commence.
          • F-hour--The effective time of announcement by the Secretary of Defense to the Military Departments of a
              decision to mobilize Reserve units.
          • H-hour--The specific hour on D-day at which a particular operation commences.
          • L-hour--The specific hour on C-day at which a deployment operation commences or is to commence.
          • M-day--The term used to designate the unnamed day on which full mobilization commences or is due to
          • N-day--The unnamed day an active duty unit is notified for deployment or redeployment.
          • R-day--Redeployment day. The day on which redeployment of major combat, combat support, and combat
              service support forces begins in an operation.
          • S-day--The day the President authorizes Selected Reserve callup (not more than 200,000).
          • T-day--The effective day coincident with Presidential declaration of National Emergency and authorization of
              partial mobilization (not more than 1,000,000 personnel exclusive of the 200,000 callup).
          • W-day--Declared by the National Command Authorities, W-day is associated with an adversary decision to
              prepare for war (unambiguous strategic warning). (Joint Pub 1-02)
Triage--The evaluation and classification of casualties for purposes of treatment and evacuation. It consists of the
immediate sorting of patients according to type and seriousness of injury, and likelihood of survival, and the establishment
of priority for treatment and evacuation to assure medical care of the greatest benefit to the largest number. (Joint Pub 1-


Unaccompanied Baggage--Baggage that does not accompany a patient or attendant as either stowed baggage or hand
luggage on an aeromedical evacuation aircraft.
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Unclassified Matter--Official matter which does not require the application of security safeguards, but the disclosure of
which may be subject to control for other reasons. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Unexploded Explosive Ordnance--Explosive ordnance which has been primed, fused, armed or otherwise prepared for
action, and which has been fired, dropped, launched, projected or placed in such a manner as to constitute a hazard to
operations, installations, personnel or materiel and remains unexploded either by malfunction or design or for any other
cause. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Unified Command--A command with a broad continuing mission under a single commander and composed of significant
assigned components of two or more Military Departments, and which is established and so designated by the President,
through the Secretary of Defense with the advice and assistance of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Joint Pub 1-
Unit Identification Code--A six-character, alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies each Active, Reserve, and National
Guard unit of the Armed Forces. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Unit Line Number (ULN)--A seven-character, alphanumeric field that uniquely describes a unit entry (line) in a Joint
Operation Planning and Execution System time-phased force and deployment data. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Unit Training Assembly (UTA)--An authorized and scheduled period of unit inactive duty training of a prescribed length of
time. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Unit Type Code (UTC)--A five-character alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies each type unit of the Armed Forces.
(Joint Pub 1-02).
Universal Time (UT)--A measure of time that conforms, within a close approximation, to the mean diurnal rotation of the
Earth and serves as the basis of civil timekeeping. Formerly called Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). (Joint Pub 1-02)
Unregulated Patient--A patient without a designated destination medical treatment facility.
Unscheduled AE Mission--A mission that moves AE patients who cannot move on a scheduled AE mission. There are
several categories of unscheduled AE missions:
     • Urgent or Priority Launch--Missions that are launched specifically to move an urgent or priority patient.
     • AE SAAM--An AMC mission that does not follow an established AMC channel route to support an AE
          requirement. The TACC:
          • Identifies these missions with special assignment airlift mission (SAAM) numbers (which contain four
               numbers after "SAAM," for example, "SAAM1011") in addition to the AMC 12-character mission identifier.
          • Assigns the number to that portion of a mission where the aircraft deviates from its original itinerary. NOTE:
               This may include the entire itinerary.
     • AE Opportune--A scheduled cargo or passenger mission that the AE system uses to move a patient or patients
          without changing the mission's planned operations. Rather than paying for the total mission, the AE system buys
          space on these missions. An AE opportune mission could even be someone else's SAAM mission that is going to
          the patient's desired destination.
US Armed Forces Patients--See DoD Regulation 4515.13-R, Air Transportation Eligibility.
US Central Command (USCENTCOM)--A unified command, designated to deploy and operate in the southwest Asia area
of responsibility.
US Non-Armed Forces Patients--Personnel classified as an inpatient or outpatient by competent medical authority and
falling into one of the following four categories:
     • An active duty or eligible retired member of the Armed Forces.
     • A dependent of an active duty member of the Armed Forces, of a member of the Armed Forces deceased while on
          active duty, or of a retired or deceased retired member of the Armed Forces who is authorized medical care under
          the Service regulation.
     • A U.S. citizen civilian employee of the Armed Forces and their lawful dependents when stationed outside the
     • A foreign national, and his or her legal dependents, who is a career employee of the Department of Defense and is
          working in a country of which he or she is not a citizen. (DoDR 4515.13)


Vehicle Distance--The clearance between vehicles in a column which is measured from the rear of one vehicle to the front
of the following vehicle. (Joint Pub 1-02)
Very Seriously Ill or Injured (VSI)--The casualty status of a person whose illness or injury is classified by medical authority
to be of such severity that life is imminently endangered. (Joint Pub 1-02)
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Walking Patient--A patient not requiring a litter while in transit. (Joint Pub 1-02)
War--A state of undeclared or declared armed hostile action characterized by the sustained use of armed force between
nations or organized groups within a nation involving regular and irregular forces in a series of connected military
operations or campaigns to achieve vital national objectives. (Joint Pub 5-00.1)
War Reserve Materiel (WRM)--Materiel required in addition to primary operating stocks and mobility equipment to attain
the operational objectives in the scenarios authorized for sustainability planning in the Defense Planning Guidance. (AFDD
Wounded in Action--A casualty category applicable to a hostile casualty, other than the victim of a terrorist activity, who
has incurred an injury due to an external agent or cause. The term encompasses all kinds of wounds and other injuries
incurred in action, whether there is a piercing of the body, as in a penetration or perforated wound, or none, as in the
contused wound. These include fractures, burns, blast concussions, all effects of biological and chemical warfare agents,
and the effects of an exposure to ionizing radiation or any other destructive weapon or agent. The hostile casualty’ statuss
may be very seriously ill or injured, seriously ill or injured, incapacitating illness or injury, or not seriously injured. (Joint
Pub 1-02)




ZULU Time (Z)--See Universal Time. (Joint Pub 1-02)

Section B--Abbreviations and Acronyms

AC                                   Alternating Current
ACC                                  Air Combat Command
ACLS                                 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ADCOM                                Administrative Control
ADP                                  Air Drop/Paratroops
ADVON                                Advanced Echelon
AE                                   Aeromedical Evacuation
AECC                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Coordination Center
AECE                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Control Element
AECM                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Crew Member
AECMC                                Aeromedical Evacuation Crew Management Cell
AECOT                                Aeromedical Evacuation Contingency Operations Training
AEEB                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Executive Board
AEGH                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Group Headquarters
AEFS                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Surgeon
AELT                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Liaison Team
AEMS                                 Aeromedical evacuation mission support
AEOO                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Officer
AEOT                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Operations Team
AES                                  Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
AESC                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Support Cell
AESG                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Steering Group
AESH                                 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Headquarters
AET                                  Aeromedical Evacuation Technician
AETC                                 Air Education and Training Command
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AEU                          Aeromedical Evacuation Unit
AF                           Air Force
AFCC                         Air Force Component Commander
AFDD                         Air Force Doctrine Document
AFDIR                        Air Force Directory
AFFOR                        Air Force forces (component of a unified or specified   command)
AFH                          Air Force Handbook
AFI                          Air Force Instruction
AFJH                         Air Force Joint Handbook
AFJI                         Air Force Joint Instruction
AFJMAN                       Air Force Joint Manual
AFM                          Air Force Manual
AFMAN                        Air Force Manual
AFMC                         Air Force Materiel Command
AFMD                         Air Force Manpower Determinant
AFORMS                       Air Force Operations Resource Management System
AFOSH                        Air Force Occupational Safety and Health
AFPAM                        Air Force Pamphlet
AFPD                         Air Force Policy Directive
AFR                          Air Force Regulation
AFRES                        Air Force Reserve
AFSATCOM                     Air Force Satellite Communications
AFSC                         Air Force Specialty Code
AFSOC                        Air Force Special Operations Command
AFTO                         Air Force Technical Order
AGE                          Aerospace Ground Equipment
AGW                          Allowable Gross Weight
ALCC                         Airlift Coordination Cell
ALCE                         Airlift Control Element
AMC                          Air Mobility Command
AMCR                         Air Mobility Command Regulation
AMCSP                        Air Mobility Command Special Pamphlet
AME                          Air Mobility Element
AMOS                         Air Mobility Operations Squadron
ANG                          Air National Guard
ANGUS                        Air National Guard of the United States
ANGRC                        Air National Guard Readiness Center
AOC                          Air Operations Center
AOG                          Air Operations Group
AOR                          Area of Responsibility
APES                         Automated Patient Evacuation System
APOD                         Aerial Port of Debarkation
APOE                         Aerial Port of Embarkation
APS                          Aerial Port Squadron
APT                          Air Passenger Terminal
ARC                          Air Reserve Component
ARM                          Aeromedical Readiness Missions
ART                          Air Reserve Technician
ASMRO                        Armed Services Medical Regulating Office
ASTS                         Aeromedical Staging Squadron
AT                           Air Technician
ATA                          Actual Time of Arrival
ATC                          Air Transportable Clinic
ATD                          Actual Time of Departure
ATG/L                        Air Transportable Galley/Lavatory
ATH                          Air Transportable Hospital
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ATOC        Air Terminal Operations Center
ATSO        Ability to Survive and operate
AUTOVON     Automatic Voice Network
AWOL        Absent without leave
B/ALTS      Basic/Advanced Trauma Life Support
BB          Bare Base
BCLS        Basic Cardiac Life Support
BDA         Bomb or Battle Damage Assessment
BOS         Base Operating Support
BP          Blood Pressure
BX          Box
C2          Command and Control
C4          Command, Control, Communications, and Computers
C4 I        Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence
CAP         Crisis Action Planning
CASF        Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility
CAT         Crisis Action Team
CB          Chemical - Biological
CCATT       Critical Care Augmentation Transport Team
C-day       Unnamed day on which a deployment operation begins
CENTCOM     U.S. Central Command
CFETP       Career field education and training plan
CHOP        Change of Operational Control
CINC        Commander in Chief
CJCS        Chairman-Joint Chiefs of Staff
CMRT        Continuing medical readiness training
CMT         Charge Medical Technician
CNC         Central nervous system
COB         Collocated Operating Base
COCOM       Combatant Command
COMAFFOR    Commander, Air Force Forces
COMAMC      Commander, Air Mobility Command
COMMZ       Communications Zone
COMPUSEC    Computer Security
COMSEC      Communications Security
CONOPS      Concept of Operations
CONUS       Continental United States
C/P         Cargo/Passengers
CP          Command Post
CRAF        Civil Reserve Air Fleet
CTIM        Cooked Therapeutic Inflight Meals
D-day       Unnamed day on which operations commence or are scheduled to commence
DB          Duffel Bag
DBMS        Director, Base Medical Services
DC          Direct Current
DCS         Decompression Sickness
DD          Department of Defense (for forms)
DDN         Defense Data Network
DEFCON      Defense Readiness Condition
DEPMEDS     Deployable Medical System
DIRAEFOR    Director, Aeromedical Evacuation Forces
DIRMOBFOR   Director of Mobility Forces
DMRIS       Defense Medical Regulating Information System
DNBI        Disease and Nonbattle Injury
DNR         Do Not Resuscitate
DO          Deputy Commander of Operations
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DOC                          Designated Operational Capability
DoD                          Department of Defense
DOT                          Director of Operations-Training
DPSC                         Defense Personnel Support Center
DSN                          Defense Switched Network
DSVT                         Digital Subscriber Voice Terminal
DTG                          Date Time Group
DV                           Distinguished Visitor
DZ                           Drop Zone
EAP                          Emergency Action Procedure
ECAS                         Electrical Cable Assembly Set
ECP                          Entry Control Point
E&E                          Evasion and Escape
EEFI                         Essential Elements of Friendly Information
EFTO                         Encrypted for Transmission Only
ENT                          Ear, Nose and Throat
EOD                          Explosive Ordnance Disposal
EPW                          Enemy Prisoner of War
ERD                          Evaluation reference date
ERO                          Engines running onload/offload
ETA                          Estimated Time of Arrival
ETD                          Estimated Time of Departure
ETIC                         Estimated Time in Commission
EUCOM                        European Command
EZ                           Extraction Zone
F-hour                       Effective time of announcement by the Secretary of Defense to the Military Departments
                               of a decision to mobilize Reserve units
FAA                          Federal Aviation Administration
FASF                         Fixed Aeromedical Staging Facility
FCC                          Flight Clinical Coordinator
FCIF                         Flight Crew Information File
FDA                          Food and Drug Administration
FE                           Flight Examiner
FEMA                         Federal Emergency Management Agency
FI                           Flight Instructor
FL                           Foot Locker
FLOT                         Forward Line of Own Troops
FMO                          Frequency Management Office
FN                           Flight Nurse
FOB                          Forward Operating Base
FOL                          Forward Operating Location
FRAG                         Fragmentation Code
FS                           Flight Surgeon
FT                           Flight Training
FTU                          Flying training unit
FTX                          Field Training Exercise
GAETT                        Global Aeromedical Evacuation Training Team
GI                           Gastrointestinal
GI/GU                        Gastrointestinal/Genitourinary
GMT                          Greenwich Mean Time
GPMRC                        Global Patient Movement Requirements Center
GR                           Grade
GT                           Ground training
H-hour                       Specific time an operation or exercise begins; seaborne assault; landing hour
HA                           Humanitarian Assistance
HAZMAT                       Hazardous Materiel
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HB         Hand Bag
HBDFA      Hospital Basic Daily Food Allowance
HDIP       Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay
HF         High Frequency
HLZ        Helicopter Landing Zone
HQ         Headquarters
HSS        Health Service Support
HUB        Hangup Bag
IAET       Instructor Aeromedical Evacuation Technician
ICAO       International Civil Aviation Organization
IFF        Identification, friend or foe
IFN        Instructor Flight Nurse
IIP        Increased intracranial pressure
IMP        Invited Medical Personnel
INMARSAT   International Maritime Satellite
INTEL      Intelligence
I/O        Input/Output
ISOPREP    Isolated Personnel Report
ISSA       Inter-Service Support Agreement
ITV        Intransit Visibility
IV         Intravenous
J-1        Manpower and Personnel Directorate of a joint staff
J-2        Intelligence Directorate of a joint staff
J-3        Operations Directorate of a joint staff
J-4        Logistics Directorate of a joint staff
J-5        Plans Directorate of a joint staff
J-6        Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems
           Directorate of a joint staff
JA/ATT     Joint Airborne Control Center/Command Post
JAPO       Joint Area Petroleum Office
JCAHO      Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
JCAT       Joint Crisis Action Team
JCCP       Joint Casualty Collection Point
JCS        Joint Chiefs of Staff
JFACC      Joint Force Air Component Commander
JMCC       Joint Movement Control Center
JMRO       Joint Medical Regulating Office
JOPES      Joint Operation planning and Execution System
JRTC       Joint Readiness Training Center
JTF        Joint Task Force
JULLS      Joint Universal Lessons Learned System
KIA        Killed in Action
L-hour     Specific hour on C-day at which a deployment operation commences or is to commence
LIC        Low Intensity Conflict
L/M        Liters per minute
LMR        Land Mobile Radio
LUC        Left upper quadrant
M-day      Mobilization day; unnamed day on which mobilization of forces begins
MA         Medical Attendant
MACR       Military Airlift Command Regulation
MAJCOM     Major Command
MASF       Mobile Aeromedical Staging Facility
MCC        Mission Clinical Coordinator
MCD        Medical Crew Director
MCI        Multi-command Instruction
MCOCR      Major Command of Collateral Responsibility
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MCOPR                        Major Command of Primary Responsibility
MCR                          Multi-command Regulation
MDS                          Mission Design Series
M&E                          Monitoring and Evaluation
MEFPAK                       Manpower and Equipment Force Packaging System
MEGP                         Mission Essential Ground Personnel
MERC                         Medical Equipment Repair Center
mg                           Milligrams
mm                           Millimeters
MMO                          Medical Materiel Office
MIA                          Missing in Action
MISCAP                       Mission Capability
MOA                          Memorandum of Agreement
MOB                          Main Operating Base
MOG                          Maximum (aircraft) on the Ground
MOOTW                        Military Operations Other Than War
MOP                          Memorandum of Policy
MOU                          Memorandum of Understanding
MPA                          Military Personnel Authorization
MPU                          Mobility Processing Unit
MRC                          Major Regional Contingency
MRE                          Meal, Ready to Eat
MSC                          Medical Service Corps
MSL                          Manpower Source Listing
MTF                          Medical Treatment Facility
N/A                          Not applicable
NAF                          Numbered Air Force
NATO                         North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NB                           No Bag
NBC                          Nuclear, Biological, Chemical
NCA                          National Command Authorities
NCO                          Non Commissioned Officer
NCOIC                        Non Commissioned Officer in Charge
NCS                          Net Control Station
NDMS                         National Disaster Medical System
NEO                          Noncombatant Evacuation Operations
NGB                          National Guard Bureau
NMA                          Nonmedical Attendant
NOAA                         National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association
NOD                          Nurse on Duty
NOFORN                       Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals
NOK                          Next of Kin
NOS                          Not Otherwise Specific
NPO                          Nothing by mouth
NVG                          Night Vision Goggles
OB                           Order of Battle
OCONUS                       Outside Continental United States
OCR                          Office of Collateral Responsibility
OG                           Operations Group
OIC                          Officer in Charge
O&M                          Operation and Maintenance
OOTW                         Operations Other than War
OPCON                        Operational Control
OPLAN                        Operation Plan
OPORD                        Operation Order
OPR                          Office of Primary Responsibility
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OR          Other
OSA         Operational Support Airlift
OPSEC       Operations Security
OSHA        Occupational Safety and Health Agency
P           Passenger
P           Proficient
PACAF       Pacific Air Forces
PACOM       Pacific Command
paCO2       Pressure of arterial carbon dioxide
paO2        Pressure of arterial oxygen
PCO2        Pressure of carbon dioxide
PSC         Permanent Change of Station
PERSCO      Personnel Support for Contingency Operations
PKO         Peacekeeping Operations
POA         Power of Attorney
POC         Point of Contact
POD         Point of Debarkation
POE         Point of Embarkation
POL         Petroleum, oils, and lubricants
POV         Privately Owned Vehicle
POW         Prisoner of War
PO2         Pressure of oxygen
PT LOX      Patient Liquid Oxygen
PTT         Push-to-talk
PZ          Pickup Zone
Q           Qualified
Q-          Qualified with weakness
QA/I        Quality Assessment and Improvement
QI/RM       Quality Improvement and Risk Management
RBC         Red blood cells
RMO         Resource management office
RON         Remain overnight
RTD         Return to duty
RZ          Recovery Zone
SAAM        Special Assignment Airlift Mission
SAFE        Selected area for evasion
SAM         Self administered medications
SAM         Special Airlift Mission
SATCOM      Satellite Communications
SC          Suitcase
SG          Surgeon General
SGLI                      s
            Serviceman’ Group Life Insurance
SI          Seriously ill
SITREP      Situation Report
SME         Squadron Medical Element
SOC         Standards of Care
SORTS       Status of Resources and Training System
SOUTHCOM    Southern Command
SSN         Social Security Number
Stan/Eval   Standardization/Evaluation
STU-III     Secure Telephone Unit III
SWA         Southwest Asia
T           Training
TA          Table of allowances
TACC        Tanker Airlift Control Center
TACON       Tactical Control
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TACS                                Theater Air Control System
TAES                                Theater Aeromedical Evacuation System
TALCE                               Tanker Airlift Control Element
TBM                                 Tactical Ballistic Missile
TDY                                 Temporary duty
TDRL                                Temporary Duty Retired List
T.O.                                Technical Order
TPFDD                               Time-Phased Force and Deployment Data
TPMRC                               Theater Patient Movement Requirements Center
TPR                                 Temperature, pulse, and respiration
TQT                                 Task Qualification Training
U                                   Unqualified
UCMJ                                Uniform Code of Military Justice
UHF                                 Ultra-High Frequency
UMD                                 Unit Manpower Document
URI                                 Upper respiratory infection
USACOM                              United States Atlantic Command
USAF                                United States Air Force
USAFE                               United States Air Forces in Europe
USAFR                               United States Air Force Reserve
USAFSAM                             United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine
USCINCPAC                           Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command
USEUCOM                             United States European Command
USFJ                                United States Forces Japan
USFK                                United States Forces Korea
USTRANSCOM                          United States Transportation Command
UT                                  Universal Time
UTA                                 Unit Training Assembly
UTC                                 Unit Type Code
UXO                                 Unexploded Ordnance
VSI                                 Very seriously ill
WARMED PS                           Wartime Medical Planning System
WIA                                 Wounded in Action
WBC                                 White blood cells
WRM                                 War Reserve Materiel
Z                                   Zulu time

Section C--Patient Classification

Code                      Classification

Psychiatric Category-1:
1A                      Severe psychiatric litter patients. Psychiatric patients requiring the use of
                        restraining apparatus, sedation, and close supervision at all times.
1B                      Psychiatric litter patients of intermediate severity. Patients requiring
                        tranquilizing medication or sedation, not normally requiring the use
                        of restraining apparatus.
                        NOTE: Keep restraining apparatus available for use.
1C                      Psychiatric walking patients of moderate severity. Cooperative and reliable
                        under observation.

Litter Category-2:
2A                        Immobile litter patients, non psychiatric, who cannot move about on their own under any
2B                        Mobile litter patients, non psychiatric, who can move about on own their own
                          under emergency circumstances.
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Ambulatory Category-3:
3A                     Ambulatory patients, non psychiatric and non substance abuse, going for
                       treatment or evaluation.
3B                     Recovered patents, returning to home station.
3C                     Ambulatory, drug or alcohol (substance) abuse, going for treatment.

Infant Category-4:
4A                       Infant, under 3 years of age, occupying an aircraft seat going for treatment.
4B                       Infant, under 3 years of age, occupying an aircraft seat returning from treatment
4C                       Infant requiring an incubator, litter type.
4D                       Infant under 3 years of age, litter type.
4E                       Outpatient under 3 years of age, ambulatory.

Outpatient Category-5:
5A                     Outpatient ambulatory patient, non psychiatric and non substance abuse
                       going for treatment.
5B                     Outpatient ambulatory, drug or alcohol (substance) abuse, going for
5C                     Psychiatric outpatient going for treatment or evaluation.
5D                     Outpatient on litter for comfort going for treatment.
5E                     Returning outpatient on litter for comfort.
5F                     Returning outpatient.
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Attendant Category-6:
6A                         Medical Attendant
6B                         Non medical Attendant

Section D--Grade Codes - Officer

RANK                       AIR FORCE          ARMY         MARINE     GRADE   CODE
General                      Gen               GEN          Gen        O-10    O10
Lieutenant General           Lt Gen            LTG          LTtGen     O-09    O09
Major General                Maj Gen           MG           MajGen     O-08    O08
Brigadier General            Brig Gen          BG           BGen       O-07    O07
Colonel                      Col               COL          Col        O-06    O06
Lieutenant Colonel           Lt Col            LTC          LtCol      O-05    O05
Major                        Maj               MAJ          Maj        O-04    O04
Captain                      Capt              CPT          Capt       O-03    O03
First Lieutenant             1st Lt            1LT          1stLt      O-02    O02
Second Lieutenant            2d Lt             2LT          2ndLt      O-01    O01

Chief Warrant Officer W-5                          CW5      CWO5       W-05    W05
Master Warrant Officer MW-4                        CW4                 W-04    W04
Chief Warrant Officer W-4                          CW4      CWO4       W-04    W04
Chief Warrant Officer W-3                          CW3      CWO3       W-03    W03
Chief Warrant Officer W-2                          CW2      CWO2       W-02    W02
Chief Warrant Officer W-1                          CW1                 W-01    W01

RANK                                  NAVY/COAST GUARD        GRADE           CODE
Admiral                                ADM                     O-10            O10
Vice Admiral                           VADM                    O-09            O09
Rear Admiral                           RADM (Upper Half)       O-08            O08
Rear Admirial                          RADM (Lower Half)       O-07            O07
Captain                                CAPT                    O-06            O06
Commander                              CDR                     O-05            O05
Lieutenant Commander                   LCDR                    O-04            O04
Lieutenant                             LT                      O-03            O03
Lieutenant, Junior Grade               LTJG                    O-02            O02
Ensign                                 ENS                     O-01            O01

Chief Warrant Officer W-4               CWO4                   W-04           W04
Chief Warrant Officer W-3               CWO3                   W-03           W03
Chief Warrant Officer W-2               CWO2                   W-02           W02

Section E--Grade Codes - Enlisted

RANK                                    AIR FORCE             GRADE           CODE
Chief Master Sergeant
  of the Air Force                      CMSAF                  E-9            E09
Chief Master Sergeant                   CMSgt                  E-9            E09
Senior Master Sergeant                  SMSgt                  E-8            E08
Master Sergeant                         MSgt                   E-7            E07
Technical Sergeant                      TSgt                   E-6            E06
Staff Sergeant                          SSgt                   E-5            E05
Senior Airman                           SrA                    E-4            E04
Airman First Class                      A1C                    E-3            E03
Airman                                  Amn                    E-2            E02
Airman Basic                            AB                     E-1            E01
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RANK                                   ARMY           GRADE             CODE
Sergeant Major
  of the Air Army                      SMA             E-9               E09
Command Sergeant Major                 CSM             E-9               E09
Sergeant Major                         SGM             E-9               E09
First Sergeant                         1SG             E-8               E08
Master Sergeant                        MSG             E-8               E08
Sergeant First Class                   SFC             E-7               E07
Staff Sergeant                         SSGT            E-6               E06
Sergeant                               SGT             E-5               E05
Corporal                               CPL             E-4               E04
Specialist                             SPC             E-4               E04
Private First Class                    PFC             E-3               E03
Private                                PV2             E-2               E02
Private                                PV1             E-1               E01

RANK                                   MARINE         GRADE             CODE
Sergeant Major
  of the Marine Corps                  SGTMAJ of MC    E-9               E09
Sergeant Major                         SGTMAJ          E-9               E09
Master Gunnery Sergeant                MGYSGT          E-9               E09
First Sergeant                         FSGT            E-8               E08
Master Sergeant                        MSGT            E-8               E08
Gunnery Sergeany                       GYSGT           E-7               E07
Staff Sergeant                         SSGT            E-6               E06
Sergeant                               SGT             E-5               E05
Corporal                               CPL             E-4               E04
Lance Corporal                         LCPL            E-3               E03
Private First Class                    PFC             E-2               E02
Private                                PVT             E-1               E01

RANK                                   COAST GUARD    GRADE             CODE
Master Chief Petty Officer
  of the Navy                          MCPON           E-9               E09
Master Chief Petty Officer             MCPO            E-9               E09
Senior Chief Petty Officer             SCPO            E-8               E08
Chief Petty Officer                    CPO             E-7               E07
Petty Officer First Class              PO1             E-6               E06
Petty Officer Second Class             PO2             E-5               E05
Petty Officer Third Class              PO3             E-4               E04
Seaman                                 SN              E-3               E03
Seaman Apprentice                      SA              E-2               E02
Seaman Recruit                         SR              E-1               E01

Section F--Grade Codes - Other

TITLE                            CODE

OSI                              A00
Aviation Cadet                   C00
ROTC Cadet                       C00
Contract Surgeon                 C00
Dependent                        N00
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Other                              N00
DoD Civilian Employee              N00

Section G--Category Codes

CATEGORY                                     USAF    USA   USN   USMC   USCG   USPHS   NOAA


Active Duty (Including ARC)                  F11     A11   N11   M11    C11    P11*    O11*
Active Duty for training (Including ARC)     F12     A12   N12   M12    C12    P12*    O12*
Cadet/Midshipman                             F13     A13   N13   M13    C13    P13*    O13*
ROTC Cadets                                  F81     A81   N81
Inactive Duty for Training                   F21     A21   N21   M21    C21    P21*
Former Service Member for
  Maternity Care                             X61


By Length of Service                         F31     A31   N31   M31    C31    P31*    O31*
Retired - Medically                          F32     A32   N32   M32    C32    P32*    O32*
Temporary Duty Retired List (TDRL)           F33     A33   N33   M33    C33    P33*    O33*


Active Duty Dependents                       F41     A41   N41   M41    C41    P41*    O41*
Dependents Moving in a PCS Status*           F46     A46   N46   M46    C46    P46     O46
Dependents of Retired                        F42     A42   N42   M42    C42    P42*    O42*
Dependents of Deseased                       F43     A43   N43   M43    C43    P43*    O43*
Dependents of Deseased Retired               F44     A44   N44   M44    C44    P44*    O44*
Former Spouse                                X52


Active Duty/NATO*                            F51     A51   N51   M51
Dependents of Active Duty/NATO*              F52     A52   N52   M52
Non-NATO Active Duty*                        X53
Dependents of Non-NATO Active Duty*          X54


Foreign Nationals in US for Medical Care*    X57
Foreign nationals US Employee*               X58
Foreign Nationals - Other*                   X59


Department of State Employee*                H72
Dependent, Dept of State Employee*           H73
Employee Other Federal Agencies*             H74
Dependents, Empl Other Fed Agencies*         H75

NOTE 1: * Indicates a Revenue Reimbursable Patient

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(NOTE: Reimbursable when in non-support of Armed Forces Patient)

Secretary of Defense Designee                         D90
Secretary of Army Designee                            A90
Secretary of Navy Designee                            N90
Secretary of Air Force Designee                       F90

Prisoners of War                                                                 Q99
US Citizen-Dependent of Civilian Employee Stationed Overseas                     X62
US Citizen - State Department* (Includes Peace Corps)                            X63
US Citizen - Civilian Employee of DoD Stationed Overseas                         X64
US Citizen - CONUS - Civil Service Employee Sick or Injured While TDY*           X69
VA Beneficiary*                                                                  X71
American Indian and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands*                      X76
American Merchant Marine*                                                        X77
US Citizen - Civilian Emergency*                                                 X92
All Other Patient Categories*                                                    X99

NOTE 1: * Indicates a Revenue Reimbursable Patient

NOTE 2: Family attendants numbering over one (1) as nonmedical attendants accompanying the patient or sponsor when
the sponsor is in a PCS status are listed on AF Form 3830, Patient Manifest, with the applicable category code listed
above. If the sponsor is the patient, list the spouse as the nonmedical attendant if he or she is traveling with the sponsor.
If a dependent is the patient, list the sponsor as the nonmedical attendant is he or she is traveling with the family.

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